Confession #73: Sometimes it’s Luck… Cherry, Walnut, and Honey Parfait
Sometimes a recipe comes together as a result of lots of thought. Sometimes it takes trial and error. Sometimes, though, inspiration lights the way to the perfect combination of flavors, the perfect composition of ingredients, and it just works.
In a moment of hunger one afternoon, I spotted some fresh bing cherries in the fridge and remembered that I hadn’t gotten a chance to enjoy many yet. Wanting to have something a bit more substantive but still healthy, I pulled out the greek yogurt as well. A few crumbs leftover from a batch of homemade candied walnuts sat in a container on the counter. “Why not?” I thought, as I tossed them into my creation. A drizzle of honey topped it all off, adding the perfect amount of sweetness to the tart yogurt. One bite and I knew this wasn’t just a ho-hum snack; this parfait practically made itself.
A few tweaks to the ratio of ingredients and an elegant presentation finished the recipe, a fresh and sweet treat for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Classy, simple, healthy, and delicious – four words sum up the beauty of one inspired Cherry, Walnut, and Honey Parfait.
Place half of the yogurt (3/8 cup) in the bottom of desired serving glass or dish. Smooth out with the back of a spoon to make a flat layer of yogurt that fills the bottom of the glass.Layer 5 of the pitted cherries on top. Sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of crushed candied walnuts evenly over the cherries and yogurt. Add a drizzle of honey on top.
Repeat with the remaining 3/8 cup yogurt, 5 cherries, and 1 heaping tablespoon crushed candied walnuts. When adding the second layer of yogurt, be gentle while spreading it out so as to preserve the presentation of the first layers.
*I encourage you to use Bing Cherries if possible in this recipe, but when they are not available, try a different kind of cherry or another fruit.
**You can easily crush the candied walnuts with a mortar and pestle.